Okay, so that title is actually a little misleading. I have no idea whether this will be in your local Target’s clearance bin. When it comes to clearance, it’s all about what the individual store didn’t sell the first time around, and how long it lasts once it goes on clearance. (In fact, on target.com this is still listed at full price, $24.99) But I found this in my local Target’s clearance bin, and I thought I’d share my thoughts in case the low price tag caught the eye of any of my readers–also, if you’re interested you can keep an eye out (I mean, assuming you’re not like me, trolling the clearance section on a regular basis).
The Sonia Kashuk “Make a Face” Brush Set is a limited edition set of 4 face brushes. They are really beautiful, with gold detailing, a black and white rose photographic design on the handles, shiny black ferrules, and aqua bristles. The brushes are full-sized, but boast a compact design, with short, squat handles. The handles are flat at the end, so these brushes can stand up if you set them on a flat surface. At $12.48 (local clearance price), they seemed like a serious deal, since not only were they gorgeous, but Sonia Kashuk brushes are usually reputed to be of good quality.
First up is a rounded powder brush. The head of this is large, though not as large as my Real Techniques powder brush. It would work well for bronzer, and is big enough to use as powder brush (though wouldn’t be my first choice.)
The next brush is described as a “duo fiber multipurpose brush to highlight cheekbones”, though frankly this description seems a bit bizarre. It’s not much smaller than the powder brush, and I think if I tried using this for highlighter I would end up looking like the proverbial disco ball. I’ve been using this brush for blush (though not very frequently), but even as a blush brush I find it a little large.
This brush has a pinched ferrule, so that it’s a bit flattened. which does make it a little easier to control–though I generally prefer a round, fluffy blush brush.
I think the next brush is my favorite of the bunch. It’s a flat top brush, with a blunt cut, similar to Sigma’s ever-popular F80 Flat-Top Kabuki. Though the Sigma version is both denser and softer, this is a perfectly serviceable brush. I use it both for liquid foundation and for buffing on mineral foundation or powder.
What I find odd is that this brush is described as a “synthetic flat top multipurpose blush brush to add color to the apples of cheeks.” I would never have imagined using a brush this shape for blush, and I have to admit I haven’t tried it. Who knows, maybe they’re onto something.
The final brush, though, is definitely the weirdest.
This is described as a “flat top sculpting brush for effortless contouring”, and indeed I can’t imagine what you would use something this shape for if not contouring. But while I like the shape, the bristles are so short and so densely packed that the brush head ends up feeling very stiff–almost hard. You could easily pick up far too much product with this, and don’t expect to do any blending.
I will admit, though, I have found a use for this. I’ve been using it with a cream contour product I got from Tarte that’s a little on the drier side, so a fluffy brush won’t usually pick it up. But I do have to go back and blend with a different brush.
All in all, I think these brushes fare better when judged by aesthetic rather than practical standards. Though I illicitly fondled the bristles before I bought them and they seemed quite soft, when using the brushes on my face I found them to be far scratchier that my other brushes. While the the handles of the brushes feel well-made, the bristles feel cheap a poor quality. I think I’ll end up using these to adorn my makeup table rather than putting them into regular rotation.